Sour Cream Panna Cotta with Fresh Apricot & Amaretto Sauce

Sunday, June 8, 2008
Sour cream panna cotta with an apricot-amaretto sauce.

Sour Cream Panna Cotta with Fresh Apricot & Amaretto Sauce

2 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus an additional 3 tablespoons, divided use
2/3 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup amaretto liqueur
1 lb. fresh apricots, peeled, pitted, thinly sliced

Place 2 tablespoons cold water in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over water, and allow to sit for one minute; stir until dissolved.

Whisk together cream and 1/3 cup sugar, in a large saucepan over medium heat. When mixture is hot, but not boiling, whisk cream into gelatin, until well combined. Whisk in sour cream and vanilla until well combined. Divide mixture into 4 ramekins. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours, or until ready to serve.

To make the apricot sauce, whisk together the additional 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup water and amaretto, in a medium sized saucepan, over medium heat, and bring to a simmer. Stir in apricots, and cook for 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. Transfer apricot mixture to a food processor, and process until smooth. Place in a small mixing bowl, cover, and chill until cold - about an hour or two.

Dip the bottoms of ramekins in a little hot water. Run a knife around ramekin edges, and invert panna cotta onto serving plates. Drizzle with apricot sauce.

Yield: 4 servings

44 comments on "Sour Cream Panna Cotta with Fresh Apricot & Amaretto Sauce"
  1. I love pannacotta Emiline, I find it to be so versatile!
    Glad you liked this one, even if you're not a gigly things fan. Agar-agar gives things a sligtly different consistence (and no bones involved) so maybe you could try that sometime...
    Great choice of sauce, go Amaretto!

  2. I'm glad I found you too! I love your pics, and recipes of course :). I've bookmarked you! :)

  3. I was about to post about agar agar when I noticed clumbsy cookie's comment. It looks wonderful!

  4. Nice choice on the panna cotta, it's not everyday that you see one of those. Def adventurous, and thinking outside the box.

    I don't know how hot it is where you are, but here in NY it was 97, so you read my mind with a quick, no bake dessert.

  5. I adore Panna Cotta! I love the addition of apricot and amaretto. It looks divine!

  6. I have never had Panna Cotta before but right now it looks so refreshing and I have extra cream in the frdge maybe need to try making some and I bet it would be good with mango.

  7. I love panna cotta. It's so nice for summer! And I completely agree with your rationale for using amaretto.

    Thanks for the nice email - I did reply in case you don't get anything. Sometimes I think yahoo messes things up, and I don't want you to think I'm snubbing you! :P

  8. Great job on the panacotta Emiline. I'm sure you could use other setting agents to make the "milk jello" as you call it. I love the apricot sauce...mmmm.

  9. Personally, I like giggly food and you're a champ for revisiting something you're not that keen least we can now try this out too!

  10. That looks incredible, Emiline! The sauce sounds very tasty. Amaretto is one of my favorite flavors, too.

  11. how cool is it that you made up a recipe for this? very. I really like the sauce, it sounds yummy. I've never noticed the smell of gelatin, but now that you mention it...I will make it a point to take a whiff the next time I bake with it :D.

  12. Stunning! And with a beautiful sauce
    I'm speechless!

  13. I liked it.
    I don't know what else to say, but I felt I should comment.

  14. i was just thinking of eating panna cotta, this recipe convince me that i really need to! love all the flavors you put in here; amaretto with apricot!!

  15. One of my favs Emiline!!

    I just adore pannacotta and with fresh apricot and amaretto sauce takes this to another level!!

    Rosie x

  16. i'm still not sold on panna cotta - i'm with you on the milk jello - but i'm craving that sauce. apricots and amaretto, great combo.

    i just saw an apricot crumble recipe that i may have to make, along with some amaretto ice cream.

  17. Really Beautiful Emilnie! What gorgeous pictures, looks so summery!

  18. how funny--when i first saw the top picture, i thought, "i wonder if she meant for that to look like a busted egg yolk..."

    no matter, it still looks yummy, and would even if it was a busted egg yolk (although i would prefer the apricot sauce...).

  19. I have never made nor tried panna cotta, Emiline - you've inspired me!

  20. Looks pretty spot on to me - Holding together, barely, without collapsing under its own deliciousness.

  21. I love pannacotta! The best I ever had was at a local restaurant here in my little Texas town. They served it at Valentine's day with a bing cherry port reduction and it ROCKED!

    Thanks for posting this!
    I think I will make some for my hubby tonight. :)

  22. Oh my.....this looks incredible, Emiline. I love this dessert. The to die for!!!!

  23. hey emiline! sorry it's been a while since i visited your blog; been so busy! hope you are doing well

    glad you enjoyed this panna cotta, i love it :)

  24. "milk jello," haha - good description! :0D but hey, I think that yours turned out wonderfully!

  25. I only ever made it once too. Mine didn't set up as firmly as I wanted it to, so I got a little discouraged. You're inspiring me to try again.

  26. Now that is beautiful. I want to dive in it. Head first.
    Panna Cotta is so overlooked...and such a wonderful dessert for hot times. Say, I just saw that the nicest public bathroom in the whole country is in Branson? Is this true?

  27. Pretty fancy schmancy dessert you got there Emiline! I've never made panna cotta. Come to think of it, I don't think I've eaten it either.

  28. I have never made panna cotta because I thought it was hard to make. Wow, it does sound really easy!
    It looks wonderful. I know what you mean about the gelatin, it smells weird when dissolved.
    I love the sauce you made. Probably because I love the flavor of apricots and also love amaretto.

  29. Hey i like your panna cotta but if you are bothered by gelatin (a lot of people are) you can try making it with agar-agar instead. It's a seaweed that taste pretty neutral.

  30. AS with many things there are good panna cotta and then there are the others:D

  31. Clumbsy Cookie- Agar agar...will have to try. I don't know if I'll be able to find it.

    Flanboyant Eats- You have a nice site.

    Prudy- I'm the last to know about agar agar.

    Adam- Yes, it's been very hot here too. :)

    SGCC- Thanks!

    Shayne- Mango would be excellent!

    Heather- Yes, amaretto is divine.

    Lisa- Thanks!

    Peter G- Thank you!

    Peter M- Thanks!

    Christina- The sauce was tasty.

    Sophie- Don't get too close. :(

    Brittany- Thanks!

    Hannah- :)

    Dhanggit- You should make some.

    Rosie- I'm glad you enjoy panna cotta.

    Michelle- Yeah, I'm still not loving this. I'd rather have a brownie!

    Jenny- Thank you.

    Grace- You were the only want to mention the egg yolk. That would be so gross.

    Patricia- I bet that you're going to make this now.

    Bloodsugar- Thanks!

    Janna- I think I prefer that cherry sauce!

    Nina- Thanks!

    Jaime- That's okay. No worries. We're all so busy.

    Veggiegirl- Stay away from that gelatin!

    Rachel- This one's foolproof.

    Catherine- I'm going to do some research on the subject. Will report back. :)

    Recipegirl- It is pretty fancy!

    Annie- You could easily make this lighter. Use reduced fat sour cream and whole or two percent milk.

    Zen Chef- So I hear...

    Valli- Yes, I suppose.

    S&S- Thanks!

  32. I made a disasterous dessert with Agar Agar. It had a whole diffrent tecture and feel in the mouth. But its orth experimenting. Me , I'll take the traditional gelatin route. This looks lucious.

  33. That looks amazing Elle - I love the contrasting colors and the apricot must have been heavenly with the panna cotta!

  34. Looks good! I have been wanting to try a panna cotta for a while now. The apricot and amaretto sauce sounds really good.

  35. Great looking pannacotta. I like the sound of the fresh apricot and amaretto sauce too. It all sounds very lively and tangy.

  36. Hey Sug Plum- homage to your panna cotta is now paid on my blog with the greatest form of flattery- immitation! ;)

  37. Haha! Peabody just made a panna cotta as well, and called it "cream jello". You two are on the same wavelength!!

    It sounds delicious, and looks gorgeous!

  38. I love panna cotta when it is done right. I bet the apricot amaretto sauce was great with this.

  39. I love pannacota...I think it's a great dessert for any ocasion with family,or some friends, try with coconut milk or red fruits like in Brasil. I have enjoyed all recipes you post on your blog.I will try always visit your blog!!!

  40. So, I've been wanting to try making panna cotta and am not a big fan of gelatin. I completely agree with the awful smell of the stuff. My first experience with gelatin outside of its Jell-o family was with white Christmas pie. That turned out fairly well so I'm think I'm brave enough to try your recipe. Thanks so much.

  41. Excellent recipe. My husband is a diabetic so I substituted sucralose for sugar and it worked fine (I added it to the cream after it was hot). I also mixed the sauce ingredients in a blender instead of a processor and did not peel the apricots. We have an abundance of apricots on our tree and am looking for recipes to take advantage of the crop. The sauce was so good, the next day I mixed cottage cheese with fresh apricots, added a little sucralose and almond extract and used it as crepe filling (leftover crepes from another recipe) then poured the sauce on top. Really yummy and refreshing! I'll be using this recipe a lot. THANKS!